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    Default What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    I'll open this by saying that I believe anyone of any age should wear what fragrance they like, I think alot of times people get hung up reading reviews that say things like "oh this fragrance is best suited to a man in his 30s." That may be true, it may not based on your petsonal taste and style. If a fragrance sounds interesting, sample it.

    With that being said, I personally find it difficult to wear modern "fresh" scents. I enjoy the smell of Dylan Blue, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon, Bleu de Chanel, etc. But they all feel young and vibrant to me to the point that I feel like I'm projecting an image of something I'm not when I wear them. It probably sounds crazy, but that's where I'm at right now. For fresh "dumb reach" office frags I've found that Green Irish Tweed, Bvlgari Extreme (the original one), Guerlain Vetiver, Terre D Hermes and Acqua Di Parma Essenza are the backbone of my year round rotation but I'd like to find something more "modern" if that makes any sense.


    Budget is wide open. I used to like Acqua Di Gio Profumo but something happened in the last bottle I got and the patchouli note was amped up, it ruined the freshness for me. I also liked a Burberry fragrance, it was one of the new ones that smelled like a mojito. I'd like for the fragrance to be fresh and appropriate for an office setting since that's where I spend most of my time. Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Eau Sauvage EDT or Parfum. I prefer the Parfum, but the EDT is easier to get and still great.
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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    I have a bottle of Eau Sauvage EDT from the 90s that I love, I don't wear it often since it's the old formula and the new one just doesn't have the same presence on me. I'll check out the EDP though.

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    Aramis New West, for me!

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    Issey Miyake Summer Edition (preferably 2009 edition). All of them are nice though.
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    Zegna's ACQUA DI BERGAMOTTO splits the difference -- between younger/fresher and classy/traditional -- really nicely, I think. And it's pretty cheap!
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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Apart from so many good suggestions already mentioned, perhaps also:

    - Hugh Parsons Blue,

    - Periplo by l'Erbolario,

    - Azzaro pour Homme l'Eau (in fact, Azzaro standing out at good fresh scents available inexpensively, from Chrome to Visit and more),

    - Cerruti 1881 Edition Blanche

    - Baldessarini del Mar

    not all these being aquatic, but all of them fresh and easily versatile, effortlessly appropriate for any age group

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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee
    Guerlain Homme Eau De Parfum
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Guerlain Vetiver Extreme
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Chanel Bleu De Chanel Parfum
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche EDP
    Dior Sauvage Parfum
    Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum 2017
    Mancera Cedrat Boisee
    Creed Original Vetiver
    Creed Erolfa
    Creed Virgin Island Water
    Creed Aventus (nice and just works.)

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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    I know what you mean about wearing a fragrance and somehow it does not 'feel' appropriate. I am 60 and am testing out the Acqua di Gio Profumo and tried the Eau Savauge EdT but it was so fleeting on me. Even gonna revist Acqua di Parma Essenza

    Some I have are Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Mancera Cedrat Boise. Both not aquatic, or fresh, but GV has a lighter feel, Ok maybe not the Cedrat, lol

    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee - I have it and it is light and is great for say when I come home and we go to dinner and I want a scent but dont want to fill the car with a scent if you know what I mean.

    Chanel Bleu De Chanel Parfum - I tried to like this. Couldn't

    Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum 2017 - heavier than the EdT for sure

    The Chanel Homme Edition Blanche, i want to get my hands to try this. This scent gets recommended on so many things, and I have read about poorer performance but oh, it does get the vote by a lot of people

    Thanks for this thread, I will be checking how others reply

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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee
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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Quote Originally Posted by absolutesauvage View Post
    I'll open this by saying that I believe anyone of any age should wear what fragrance they like, I think alot of times people get hung up reading reviews that say things like "oh this fragrance is best suited to a man in his 30s." That may be true, it may not based on your petsonal taste and style. If a fragrance sounds interesting, sample it.

    With that being said, I personally find it difficult to wear modern "fresh" scents. I enjoy the smell of Dylan Blue, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon, Bleu de Chanel, etc. But they all feel young and vibrant to me to the point that I feel like I'm projecting an image of something I'm not when I wear them. It probably sounds crazy, but that's where I'm at right now. For fresh "dumb reach" office frags I've found that Green Irish Tweed, Bvlgari Extreme (the original one), Guerlain Vetiver, Terre D Hermes and Acqua Di Parma Essenza are the backbone of my year round rotation but I'd like to find something more "modern" if that makes any sense.


    Budget is wide open. I used to like Acqua Di Gio Profumo but something happened in the last bottle I got and the patchouli note was amped up, it ruined the freshness for me. I also liked a Burberry fragrance, it was one of the new ones that smelled like a mojito. I'd like for the fragrance to be fresh and appropriate for an office setting since that's where I spend most of my time. Thanks in advance for the help!
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    I think Guerlain Homme l’Eau Boisée and Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDP might be two good choices in this instance.
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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Apart from so many good suggestions already mentioned, perhaps also:

    - Hugh Parsons Blue,

    - Periplo by l'Erbolario,

    - Azzaro pour Homme l'Eau (in fact, Azzaro standing out at good fresh scents available inexpensively, from Chrome to Visit and more),

    - Cerruti 1881 Edition Blanche

    - Baldessarini del Mar

    not all these being aquatic, but all of them fresh and easily versatile, effortlessly appropriate for any age group
    I'm actually wearing Azzaro L'eau today, I bought the combo set of scent and deo. It's surprisingly nice and has enough character to be more than a "watered down Azarro."

    I owned a bottle of Hugh Parsons back in 2006 I think, I completely forgot about it. I liked the crisp, peppery freshness. Longevity always felt lacking to me but I'll try and sample it again. I'll check the Cerruti out too.

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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee
    Guerlain Homme Eau De Parfum
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Guerlain Vetiver Extreme
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Chanel Bleu De Chanel Parfum
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche EDP
    Dior Sauvage Parfum
    Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum 2017
    Mancera Cedrat Boisee
    Creed Original Vetiver
    Creed Erolfa
    Creed Virgin Island Water
    Creed Aventus (nice and just works.)
    I have Guerlain Vetiver, I also have Homme Parfum but that one feels stale to me. Not a fan of Chanel Bleu or Sauvage. I'll check out the others though

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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    I'm not a fan of modern aquatic/dehydromyrcenol stuff. In mainstream, i think the freshies of the Dior Homme line are more interesting (L'eau for aquatic, cologne for more citrusy).

    If you want to go for niche, I have found Community by the Zoo a very well done citrus-aquatic that doesn't come off as a synthetic mess.

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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    Maybe go after Tom Ford Ombre Leather or Noir Anthracite.
    For a fresh/aquatic? Isn’t that a bit like suggesting pork chops as a light salad?

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    Any man,40 and over, is best,not be scented by a fresh/aquatic, in public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    For a fresh/aquatic? Isn’t that a bit like suggesting pork chops as a light salad?
    No. But based on his age and other fragrances referenced in the OP.
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    AdG Profumo or Essenza

    Sel Marin with a light application

    Every Storm is a Serenade

    Epice Marine

    Bulgari Aqua
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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Mid-40's and my three are:
    Heeley Sel Marin (you could easily replace this with Heely Note de Yuzu. Basically same fragrance with a different citrus opening)
    Creed Silver Mountain Water (only fragrance I wear from that decade)
    Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool (fresh sea breeze, an interesting beachy aquatic)

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    Tom Ford Costa Azzura and Acqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscana, which has been recently reissued.

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    Parfums de Marly Galloway

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    Tom Ford Costa Azzura and Acqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscana, which has been recently reissued.

    Very good suggestions too, as both the TF Neroli Portofino line and the Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo line generally tend to have just enough aquatic and/or fresh notes to remain suitable for the otherwise quite classic and understated elegant style of these scent ranges

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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Lots of excellent suggestions already. Some I’d add:

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    Armani Acqua Di Gio Profumo
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche - it’s not a straight up freshy, but if you love citrus, sandalwood and vanilla you’ll dig it
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste

    Also if you chase some Issey Miyake, I’d recommend a pre 2012 bottle of L’eau D’Issey. Currently hard to find at a reasonable price, but you can’t define freshness more clearly than this.

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    Parfums de Marly Galloway
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    Allure Homme Sport Chanel
    Versace pour Homme
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    Honestly don’t mean this in a bad way, but by the time you’re in your 40s, or even 20s, you should be able to wear whatever you want. Unless you’re a serial oversprayer, what others think about your fragrance is of minimal concern. Wear what you like and be done with it.

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    The best aquatic on earth, Creed Erolfa. Grossly underrated. is my favorite Creed of all time (yes, above Aventus)
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    Default Re: What do you consider an appropriate fresh/aquatic scent for a man in his 40s?

    Quote Originally Posted by absolutesauvage View Post
    I'll open this by saying that I believe anyone of any age should wear what fragrance they like, I think alot of times people get hung up reading reviews that say things like "oh this fragrance is best suited to a man in his 30s." That may be true, it may not based on your petsonal taste and style. If a fragrance sounds interesting, sample it.

    With that being said, I personally find it difficult to wear modern "fresh" scents. I enjoy the smell of Dylan Blue, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon, Bleu de Chanel, etc. But they all feel young and vibrant to me to the point that I feel like I'm projecting an image of something I'm not when I wear them. It probably sounds crazy, but that's where I'm at right now. For fresh "dumb reach" office frags I've found that Green Irish Tweed, Bvlgari Extreme (the original one), Guerlain Vetiver, Terre D Hermes and Acqua Di Parma Essenza are the backbone of my year round rotation but I'd like to find something more "modern" if that makes any sense.


    Budget is wide open. I used to like Acqua Di Gio Profumo but something happened in the last bottle I got and the patchouli note was amped up, it ruined the freshness for me. I also liked a Burberry fragrance, it was one of the new ones that smelled like a mojito. I'd like for the fragrance to be fresh and appropriate for an office setting since that's where I spend most of my time. Thanks in advance for the help!
    Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme - vintage is more... dank, I guess you could say. Reform is brighter/not as 'challenging'.
    Dia Man - not exactly fresh, but it's like a clean classy gentlemanly aura.
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